Colin Rea didn’t lose his shot at the Cubs’ rotation Thursday afternoon, but he sure as hell didn’t do anything to state his case. After loading the bases with a single and two walks to open the bottom of the 1st, the reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year gave up a grand slam to Rougned Odor. Man, that stunk.
It was all Rangers from there, as the home team surprised the Cubs with a 7-spot in their last at-bat to put the fake game out of reach. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
When the road team scores first, their odds of securing a victory jump to 69%. When they score four runs right out of the gate, those odds jump to 91%.
Uh, yeah, it was probably the granny that effectively put the game out of reach before it even got started.
Stats That Matter
- Cubs relievers not named Matt Swarmer combined to pitch 7 shutout innings
- The Cubs used 10 pitchers to complete 8 innings
- Ian Miller went 2-for-3 and scored the Cubs’ only run
It’s just a spring game and one that didn’t feature many regulars, so ascribing any meaning to it would be an exercise in futility.
Tyler Chatwood takes the bump as the Cubs head to Peoria to face the Padres in a rare spring night game. Marquee Sports Network will carry the 7:40pm CT start with 670 The Score on the audio coverage.